Architecture experienced through an Artefact
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Recognizing that the Western Tradition of Architecture has been perpetuated through the passing on of stories through the creation of primarily symbolic artefacts, this studio emphasizes students’ ability to imagine, work, and communicate through creations, which generate poetic dialogue and architectural thinking beyond the direct transcription of isolated objectives and visual representations alone. Working obliquely through the entwined creation of artefact and narrative, students’ are challenged to draw upon the plasticity of lived knowledge not accessible through objective information but which nonetheless makes our experience of architecture alluring and resonant. Each student, responsible for developing their own architectural program, were asked to use these creations to reveal particular qualities, stories, events, and circumstances that metaphorically evoke essential qualities for the coming architecture. The overarching goal of the studio is the creation of empathetic connections between varying people, places, and cultures, brought to life through the experience of the artefact—an installation, performance, or assemblage—which like literature or film, provide things through which we may imagine.The artefact presented embodies the essence of a sigh, via a metaphor. A sigh is a human’s physical action and metaphysical reaction to the releasing of tension. Whether the tension is a physical or psychological force, the sigh is an indication (prelude) that tension is being released, and that the body wishes to be in a relaxed state. The artefact created for this class, Arch 771, is a physical representation of a sigh. To engage the artefact, the participants must stand in-between the space created by the web like structure prior to its performance. This will provoke a feeling of being surrounded by tension, in such a way that the participant will feel constrained, even by such a delicate structure. Once the artefact is engaged, it will slowly release the tension in such a manner that the subtle releasing of this particular tension will evoke the feeling of a relaxed state via a metaphysical sigh.